Helping Kiwis make a difference
Jetstar's Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across New Zealand to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.
Why we want to help
Every day Jetstar flies thousands of people up and down New Zealand and across the Tasman, helping unite family and friends to share special holiday experiences with our accessible and affordable fares.
Our staff do their very best, every day to get you where you want to go, and to ensure every Jetstar experience you have is as enjoyable as possible.
But there are some people who need more from us than just low fares.
Who can apply?
Entry is open to New Zealand based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.
Educational and Health Organisations
Arts Group or Organisation
Sporting Group or Organisation
The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.
When is this happening?
Grants will be awarded twice a year.
Judges will gather within six weeks after the closing date for quarterly grant applications and select a community group or organisation to be the grant recipient.
All applicants will be notified within six weeks of the applications close date each quarter and told whether or not they have been successful.
1 JUL 2018 to 31 DEC 2018
1 JAN 2019 to 30 JUNE 2019
What the grant includes
$15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar anywhere on the Jetstar network
Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar's website and Facebook page
National and local level media leverage to be facilitated by Jetstar PR agency partner
All grants will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency. Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.
1. The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts.
2. The extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise benefits to their local community with the Jetstar Flying Start grant (i.e. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant).
3. The extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.
Flying Start Stories
Grant #24 - Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots Charitable Trust engages and empowers older people and people living with dementia through the creative arts. As part of the organisation’s Make Moments programme, trained and passionate arts educators deliver art tours and art-making workshops at local arts venues. It’s been Connect The Dots’ vision to expand this Auckland-only offering nationwide, and with the help of the Flying Start grant their dream has become a reality.
The grant will enable Connect The Dots to hire more professional artists to mentor participants from around the country and host an exhibition to showcase their work later this year, with both outcomes aiding in the Trust’s mission to reduce stigma and social isolation and show what people living with dementia have to offer.
Meet The Panel
Head of New Zealand
Joining Jetstar as Head of New Zealand in July 2018, Shelley Musk has been part of the broader Qantas Group for the last seven years as Head of Jetconnect, based in Auckland. With 27 years in the aviation industry, Shelley brings a wealth of experience of airline operations to her role.
Communications Manager, New Zealand
In his permanent role as Corporate Communications Manager for Jetstar in New Zealand, Phil understands which brands and organisations align well to Jetstar.
Senior Manager Flying Operations
Tony has been with Jetstar since 2009 and in his role as Senior Manager Flying Operations, Tony understands how Jetstar can best help get our grant recipients to their destinations.
The Best Nest
Melissa is the Mum behind The Best Nest, one of New Zealand’s most loved family and lifestyle blogs. Living in Auckland with her American husband Dave and their two sons, Melissa has championed the 'Mummy Blogger’ genre in NZ.